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Chad junta leader in Qatar after months of peace deal talks


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of Chad’s navy authorities met Saturday with Qatar’s ruling emir after months of talks between Chadian forces and insurgent factions, hosted by the Arab nation.

Chad’s Gen. Mahamat Idriss Deby spoke with Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Footage from the Qatari royal courtroom, or diwan, confirmed Sheikh Tamim with Qatar’s international minister, whereas a Chadian delegation accompanied Deby.

A later assertion on the state-run Qatar News Agency quoted Sheikh Tamim as backing a “comprehensive national reconciliation in Chad,” saying the continued negotiations between the navy and the rebels represented a primary step towards that.

Sheikh Tamim additionally reportedly wished Deby luck in an upcoming nationwide dialogue deliberate in the Chadian capital of N’Djamena on Aug. 20. The talks had earlier been set for May.

Talks between the rebel factions and the military began in March in Doha, the Qatari capital. Deby’s go to comes as diplomats hope the navy authorities and the insurgent teams would signal an settlement in Doha forward of the Aug. 20 talks.

But it stays unclear whether or not the Front for Change and Concord in Chad, the primary insurgent group in the nation, will signal a deal. That shadowy group, identified by the French acronym FACT, is blamed for the 2021 killing of Chad’s longtime President Idriss Deby Itno, who had dominated the nation since 1990.

Mahamat Idriss Deby is the 38-year-old son of the slain president who leads Chad’s Transitional Military Council.

Other insurgent teams concerned in the Qatar talks included the Movement for Democracy and Justice in Chad, the Union of Forces for Democracy and Development and others. They have referred to as for Deby to declare he wouldn’t run in any coming elections, although the navy junta has insisted that may solely be determined in the nationwide dialogue talks.

A deliberate 18-month transitional interval in Chad is to finish in the approaching months, placing renewed stress on the edges to achieve an settlement. Already, Chad had grown annoyed by the 30 years of rule by Deby’s father, resulting in years of insurgent uprisings in the previous French colony that borders Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Libya, Niger, Nigeria and Sudan.

In July, Qatar’s satellite tv for pc information community Al Jazeera reported that over 20 rebel groups had withdrawn from the Doha talks. They had accused the navy authorities of “harassments, intimidation, threats and disinformation” amid the negotiations.


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